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Meeting Set to Discuss Issues with Land Records Searches Overwhelming Tyler County, WV Courthouse

The Republic reports that a public meeting has been scheduled for July 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tyler County courthouse to discuss issues with land records searches in the county.  Currently, only 16 people at one time are able to enter the records vault in the County Clerk’s Office, leading to extremely long lines and waiting times to access the records.  The courthouse extended its hours and limited access to abstractors to two-hour timeframes, but this has not solved the problem as there are still lines of abstractors outside of the courthouse waiting in line for their turn around the clock.  Tyler County Clerk Theresa Hamilton has indicated that the process to digitize the records has commenced, which would enable abstractors to access the records via the internet, but that there is no set time for the process to be completed.  It is expected that representatives from the oil and gas industry, the Tyler County Clerk and commissioners and residents will be in attendance at the meeting.